This week, it has been a little chaotic. My husband and I got word after a month-long wait that he has officially been offered a position back in our home state. So, with just two weeks between us and that long-awaited day, we went into overdrive. Thankfully, a good portion of our house is ready to pick up and go. But the rest of it – mostly my kitchen – has been carefully organized into boxes and sealed for shipment. It’s been thrilling, really. I love packing, organizing, donating, and preparing for this adventure. But I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve struggled to find peace amidst the chaos.
Remember this is only a season.
Between the never ending trail of dirt in my living room and stack of boxes exploding in front of the fireplace, it’s been really hard to sit down and relax. All I see is a giant list of things that have yet to be accomplished before we turn in our keys. I’ve had to remind myself regularly that this truly is only a season. My anxiety to get things settled once again is only temporary. We will reach the day when the chaos calms down, but it takes time and patience to get there.
With children, this stress only intensifies. Little toys, extra loads of laundry, dirty hands against the fridge – all of these things are endured for a short season, too. It may feel like the chaos will never end, but soon enough, those little ones will be off on their own and the days of a cheerio-covered-floor will be history.
Prioritize time in his presence.
Rest for the weary. Strength for the weak. The Lord is serious when he beckons us closer for a time of renewal and peace. It’s especially in these moments when the chaos seems overwhelming that we are to enter into his presence. We may feel like the never-ending to-do list trumps the moments we dedicate to him, but it’s in those moments that we will find strength, wisdom, and peace to take on the day.
So, prioritize the Lord. Be intentional about making time for him every day. As we are reminded in Lamentations, every morning his mercies are new. We can come to him with expectation that his grace will be enough to get us through the day. It’s not a hoax or scheme, he is truly offering you what you need to handle the chaos. All you have to do is come to him.
Acknowledge that he may be teaching you something.
For everything, there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and there is no doubt a reason that you have entered this chaotic time. Scripture reminds us over and over again that the Lord is interested in refining us. He desires to see us become better versions of ourselves and, often, that bettering involves situations we don’t particularly enjoy.
When we acknowledge that the Lord may be teaching us something and invite his spirit in, we are letting go of our own need to control the outcome of the situation. Instead of the chaos being a burden on our shoulders, we are reminded that the Lord has brought us to this place for his purposes. And in his timing, we will be released from this season and propelled into the next.
Then, do what you can and let go of the rest.
Once we have received peace from the Lord, we can step forward knowing that he will be faithful to journey the road with us. Our next task is to press onward, trusting that he knows best and doing what we can in the meantime.
Once of my biggest struggles is that I cannot snap my fingers and create the change that I desire. Instead, I must tackle the things that are within my grasp and do those things as best as I can.
Christ calls us in Hebrews to “run the race with endurance.” It’s not our job to be the best of everyone. We are simply called to make the most of what the Lord has given us each, individually. The temptation to compare our progress with others only muddies the waters of what Christ is doing in our lives. He desires for us to trust him and step out in faith – not insecurity or fear.
Trust he knows what he’s doing. Trust he is in control and remember, this is only a season.